Donald Trump’s former press secretary Sarah Sanders has said she wants the conversation about mass shootings in the US to be “less about guns” and “more about respect”.
Sanders, who joined Fox News as a contributor less three months after leaving the Trump administration, made the comments in an interview on the conservative news channel on Sunday.
Host Jeannie Pirro told Sanders:
You know, when Congress comes back, there’s going to be a lot of discussion about guns.
In response, Sanders said:
I think the big part of the problem that we’re missing and one of the things that we’re not doing, is this is not as much a gun issue as it is a moral issue.
We have to look for ways to bring this country together.
We have to look for ways that we can have discussions and disagree with each other without being kicked out of restaurants, without fear of losing our job.
Last year, Sanders was kicked out of a restaurant in Virginia because she was working for Trump at the time.
The former White House press secretary continued:
It all goes back to having respect for one other and I think we need to have a step back and not make this a gun issue, but this is a heart issue.
It's whether or not we're going to teach our kids and raise our kids to respect one another, value one other people and value life. We're becoming a culture that no longer values life.
She also took the opportunity to attack the pro-choice stance of many Democratic congresswomen and congressmen:
You look at some of the things that are happening right now and how some of the Democrats, some of the comments they've made about the pro-life community, we are not valuing life. And when we do that, we put, I think, everybody in jeopardy.
And so I think we have to really take a look at how we have this conversation. Make it less about guns, make it more about respect and treating each other the way that we would want to be treated.
Sanders also recently announced that she will publish a memoir about her stint as Trump’s press secretary.
She said the book would deal with her role in “the historic fight raging between the Trump administration and its critics for the future of our country”.